Red Alert For Citrus fruits In Australia As NT Department Found Citrus canker SignsGokul (Author) Published Date : Apr 19, 2018 15:32 IST
The Australian Government had urged their farmers of Northern territory to check their citrus plantations for Citrus Canker infection on them again like did in the early 90's period.
The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry has made a statement that they have found some deep signatures of Citrus Canker in three citrus plants that sold by the Darwin Nursery and found another three plant with affected sign that from Palmerston nursery.
Positively the signs were found only in those two nurseries but not in any other parts of the NT, said the CEO of Citrus Australia Nathan Hancock. He also said that the disease may probably have attacked the remaining plants of the nursery.
This disease may spread through wind, rain and also by human means hence the NT department had suspended all plant transportation across the region. The department had also released a hotline for citrus canker complaint 1800 931 722 and public can post mail on suspecting citrus infection on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The investigation team has been deployed down the streets of NT to make detailed prob over the infections.
The Australian government is now working to prevent a wartime crisis that happened previously back in early 90's and 2004 that brought Australia millions of dollars loss.
Citrus canker is a disease that tends to attack the citrus plantations. This worst disease of the citrus plantation is caused by a bacterium named Xanthomonas axonopodis. Largely planted citrus plants like grapes, orange, lemon are some of the bacteria's main victims.
The citrus canker will induce ripening by covering the plant's leaves, twigs, and fruits with dark yellow dots and prevent the chlorophyll production and also create a constant decrease in yield in the basis of year by year. This will result in a big step down in yield and marketing. The affected fruits are obviously safe for human consumption as the citrus canker will show no effect on humans. But the customer's expectations over the affected fruit may deceive the regular market.
Red Alert For Citrus fruits In Australia As NT Department Found Citrus canker Signs